Surgery is one of the main treatments for mouth and oropharyngeal cancer. You might have surgery alone or with other treatments, for example, radiotherapy. Or you may have it to relieve symptoms, such as difficulty eating.
You are likely to have a team of specialist surgeons and other health professionals looking after you. You will meet some of these before your operation and have tests and assessments.
The type of surgery you have depends on the size and location of your cancer.
When the surgeon removes a large area of tissue, they rebuild (reconstruct) the area.
Cancers of the mouth and oropharynx can sometimes block a part of your throat, which may affect your breathing and eating. Find out how surgery can help.
Cancers of the mouth and oropharynx can spread to lymph nodes in your neck.
Before your surgery, you have tests to check your fitness and you meet members of your treatment team.
Get tips on what to take into hospital.
There are a few things to do before you go to theatre for your surgery.
How you feel after your operation depends on the type of surgery. Find out more about how you might feel and possible problems.